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IPAC Tackles Ayade, Demand To Know How He Spent N18.4 Billion FG Road Repair Funds

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IPAC Tackles Ayade, Demand To Know How He Spent N18.4 Billion FG Road Repair Funds

 

Sen. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State, has been asked by the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, to provide an update on the N18.4 billion naira collected from the Federal Government as a refund for federal road repairs in the state.

 

The council said Ayade should make the announcement as other states did in a letter signed by Comrade Anthony Bissong Attah, Chairman, IPAC, Cross River State on Friday, April 16, 2021, and titled: “REQUEST FOR DETAILS OF 18.4 BILLION NAIRA FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REFUNDS FOR REPAIRS OF FEDERAL ROADS IN CROSS RIVER STATE.”

Recall that Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike had previously announced the receipt of N78 million naira from the Federal Government for road repairs on federal roads. In a video broadcast on African Independent Television (AIT), Wike urged Ayade to make the same declaration to his state as he did.

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“We write to request specifics of the refunds made by the Federal Government to Cross River State for repairs to 20 Federal roads and one bridge from 2005,” IPAC said in a statement.

 

“Recall that on June 3, 2020, the Federal Executive Council approved a refund of 148,141,987,161.25 naira and twenty-five kobo to five states: Bayelsa, Cross River, Ondo, Osun, and Rivers. Cross River State received a total of eighteen billion, three hundred and ninety-four million, seven hundred and thirty-seven thousand, sixty-eight thousand, eighty-five kobo (18,394,737,608.85) from the authorized amount.

“Furthermore, on the 13th of August, 2020, the Federal Government sent a letter to the National Assembly requesting approval of the funds, and on the 24th of November, 2020, both chambers of the National Assembly approved the funds. As a result, in January 2021, this money was distributed to the affected nations.

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“We are concerned that, while other states have reported the receipt of the funds as well as the programs for which the funds will be used, we have not heard anything about this money from you or your media aides. Is it possible that our 18.4 billion naira share has yet to be released?

“We urgently need answers in order to better educate the public. This is also significant to us as key stakeholders in our state because this is arguably the largest financial envelope in our state’s history.

“We recommend that you inform Cross Riverians about the money so that the matter can be resolved.

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The statement read, “Your response to this pressing issue is eagerly awaited, Sir.”

 

 

IPAC Tackles Ayade, Demand To Know How He Spent N18.4 Billion FG Road Repair Funds

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